Dan Ancona credits his political interest to growing up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and being a regular reader of the Washington Post (and, in particular, the comic strip "Bloom County") during the Reagan regime. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to work for several software startups during the Clinton boom. He became activated politically while watching the Democrats' 2002 midterms bloodbath, and in 2006 joined the movement full time as the project director of California VoterConnect. His first technology related blog post was in January of 2000; he went on to start the first Democratic Party county central committee weblog, sbdems.blogspot.com and has since written mostly at Speak Out California and various community blogs. His interest in principles and communications was sparked by participating in a living wage coalition and in a union drive for UPTE at UC Santa Barbara.